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The breezes blowing through Fredericksburg carry ghostly whispers of early settlers and wounded soldiers. In this charming Virginia town, history is very much alive. From the boyhood haunts of George Washington and the grand houses belonging to his various relatives, to the eerie battlefields of the Civil War, anyone with the slightest interest in America’s past will be in their element. Then there’s the great Virginia outdoors, with more lakes and parks than you can shake your hiking stick at.

Things to see

The city center is bursting with historical delights. Get an overview of the area and its heritage at the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center, which provides exhibitions tracing the history from the indigenous populations through to recent Civil Rights movements. Then walk in the footsteps of America’s founding father, George Washington. Within a few blocks of each other, you can find the grand Georgian-style Kenmore Plantation, which belonged to George Washington’s sister, and the Mary Washington house, which he bought for his mother. Guided tours are available at both. Historical japes occur at the Rising Sun Tavern, with performers interpreting the tawdry goings-on of the 18th century drinking house. On the plains of the Fredericksburg battlefields, there’s history of a more somber variety, with guides bringing the Civil War to life. Then you can slip back into the present and enjoy the Virginia countryside at Hazel Grove Lake nearby.

Hotels in Fredericksburg

For historical opulence with authenticity, Fredericksburg hotels will take some beating. If you dream of a romantic 4-poster bed and period furnishings coupled with up-to-date services such as free WiFi, then splash out on one of the city’s luxury hotels. If your budget won’t stretch to that, there are plenty of cheap hotels in Fredericksburg too; expect brand hotels and motels offering spacious rooms and amenities including complimentary breakfasts and free parking. You’ll just have to compromise on historical style. There are a few rural retreats available too, with verandas perfect for sipping a cocktail and soaking up the views.

Where to stay

Smack-bang in the city center is where you’ll find Fredericksburg’s best historical hotels, allowing you to occupy a Georgian pad of your own between Mary Washington’s house and the Rising Sun Tavern. All of the main attractions, as well as restaurants, bars, and shops are on the doorstep. If you’re looking for discount hotels, try the district around Plank Road, just west of the center. You’ll be within walking distance of the main attractions and right between all of the battlefields. For rural hotels, head further west to the Spotsylvania region, where you’ll be based amongst Virginia’s forests and lakes.

How to get to Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is conveniently situated halfway between Richmond, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Both have large airports located nearby; Richmond has flights across the USA, while international visitors will be able to find some direct flights to Washington Dulles International Airport. From either airport, it takes just over an hour to drive to Fredericksburg. If you don’t plan to hire a car, Fredericksburg is also well-connected by train to both Richmond and Washington D.C. You will need to take a taxi or an airport shuttle to the main train station in either city. This journey takes just over 2 hours in total.